YOUNGSTOWN — Capt. Jerry Greene of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office said today he will run in next year’s Democratic primary to succeed Sheriff Randall Wellington, who is not seeking re-election.
Greene resigned today as captain and Wellington appointed him to a non-law-enforcement job with the department. Greene is the director of jail services, responsible for overseeing food services, inmate programming and the jail’s medical contract.
Greene had to resign his civil service classified position in order to run for a partisan political position under the federal Hatch Act.
Greene said he is thankful Wellington made the move to keep him at the sheriff’s department.
Greene said he spoke to Wellington about two years ago asking if the sheriff would seek another term. Wellington was uncommitted at the time, but Greene said Wellington told him that he’d “make a good sheriff.”
Wellington announced last week that he would not seek re-election next year.
Wellington has served as sheriff since 1999, and has more than 50 years of law enforcement experience, including 12 years as Youngstown police chief.
Greene is the first candidate to announce plans to run for sheriff. The deadline to file for the March 2012 primary is Dec. 7.
Greene was hired in November 1989 as a part-time deputy. He became a full-time deputy in December 1992. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003, and to captain in 2007.
If elected, Greene said his “biggest focus is on the 200 empty beds in our jail. It’s unacceptable to me. We need to deal with the underfunding and understaffing of our jail.”
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